SOC 1 — Sociology
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Systematic study of human relations and social structures emphasizing the interaction between personality, culture and society. Special consideration is given to an understanding of group behavior, personality formation, social organization, and social change.
 
SOC 1H — Sociology - Honors
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Systematic study of human relations and social structures emphasizing the interaction between personality, culture and society. Special consideration is given to an understanding of group behavior, personality formation, social organization, and social change. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 1 and SOC 1H.
 
SOC 2 — Sociology
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Sociological principles and concepts as applied in the understanding of social problems. Special emphasis on the analysis of social values, social organization, role, status and stress, and also on the study of controversial public issues that arise in contemporary American society. Students will be encouraged to evaluate and discuss both the theoretical and practical approaches to social problems.
 
SOC 2H — Sociology - Honors
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Sociological principles and concepts as applied in the understanding of social problems. Special emphasis on the analysis of social values, social organization, role, status and stress, and also on the study of controversial public issues that arise in contemporary American society. Students will be encouraged to evaluate and discuss both the theoretical and practical approaches to social problems. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 2 and SOC 2H.
 
SOC 40 — Introduction to Sex and Gender Roles  NEW!
Sociological analysis of the social construction of gender, masculinity, and femininity historically and cross-culturally. Examines the debates on sex and gender. It analyzes the impact of economic and political change on gender expectations and practices. This course focuses on macro-analyses of how institutions shape gender and microanalyses of how individuals are socialized and how they practice gender.
 
SOC 4 — Introduction to Gerontology
Characteristics, contributions, and problems of older persons. Emphasizes theoretical perspectives on the process of aging. Topics include gender, race, ethnicity, religion, stratification, and health care. Attention is given to gerontology as an academic discipline and a field of practice.
 
SOC 5 — Introduction to Criminology
A scientific analysis of the nature, extent, and causes of violations of societal rules of behavior that are formally defined as crime and delinquency. Includes an analysis of the theoretical perspectives of the sociology of deviance on the criminal justice system and the impact of crime on society.
 
SOC 14 — Marriage and the Family
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Sociological functions of dating, engagement, weddings, marriage, and the family. Focuses on influences and theories of mate selection, love, and interpersonal attraction. Covers trends and changes in marriage, the family, and gender roles. Explores different types of families and family patterns.
 
SOC 15 — Child Development
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Theoretical aspects of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development from conception through adolescence. Requires observation of children.
 
SOC 20 — Sociology of Ethnic Relations
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. and social factors leading to prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes. Four major ethnic groups (Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and Latinos) examined with emphasis placed on historical experiences, contemporary circumstances and future trends.
 
SOC 20H — Sociology of Ethnic Relations - Honors
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. and social factors leading to prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes. Four major ethnic groups (Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and Latinos) examined with emphasis placed on historical experiences, contemporary circumstances and future trends. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 20 and SOC 20H.
 
SOC 99 — Special Projects in Sociology
Offers students recognition for their academic interests in sociology and the opportunity to explore the discipline of sociology to greater depth. The content of the course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration.